Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $9.50. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus Òdrawings for valuable and coveted prizesÓ) on weekends; go to for more info. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany, 2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Stoned (Stephen Wooley, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Go bowling with The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 2001) Fri midnight; Sat noon, midnight; Sun noon.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (March 22): Sandrine Veysset's Martha ... Martha (France, 2000), "an incredibly bleak tale" of a desperate housewife 6 p.m.


1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800 for venue; 865-1588 and for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. $10. For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY (March 22): The SFIAAFF continues with The Burnt Theatre (Pahn, Cambodia) 6:30 p.m. American Fusion (Lin) 6:45 p.m. Dear Pyongyang (Yonghi, Japan) 7 p.m. The late Kayo Hatta's Picture Bride (1994) 7:30 p.m. China Blue (Peled) 9 p.m. "Memoirs of a Sudoku Superstar" (shorts) 9:15 p.m. Linda Linda Linda (Yamashita, Japan) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (March 23): SFIAAFF — Chinese Restaurants: Latin Passions (Cheuk Kwan, Canada) 7:15 p.m. "Mystery Arcade" (shorts) 7:30 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

FRIDAY (March 24): The latest entry, "Death by Tealight V," of this series of locally made short films and videos presents new work from Candice Lin, Goody B. Wiseman, Roger Ngim, and others 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 25): ATA's Other Cinema screens French legend Chris Marker's latest, Case of the Grinning Cat (2005), documenting the French anti-Iraq War movement. It screens with a live translation and shorts by Jacob Bricca, James Schneider, and Edouard Salier, as well as free red wine. Go to for more info 8:30 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bernardo Bertolucci's astute, brilliantly colored analysis of Fascist personality, The Conformist (Italy, 1970) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): She wore Blue Velvet (1986) in a new print of David Lynch's reverie 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,; $9 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: Kirk Douglas is an architect, Kim Novak is his lover, in the underrated melodrama Strangers When We Meet (Richard Quine, 1960), notable for its then-novel suburban setting, and Ernie Kovacs in a straight role, and Walter Matthau as the bad guy. Recommended 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Jane Wyman discovers just what All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955) in this sincere, commendable soaper, recently reworked by Todd Haynes as Far From Heaven 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Local author, or something, JT LeRoy penned The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Asia Argento, 2006). See Page 41 for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, for venue; for this series. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This gemlike box is one of the city's last remaining single screens.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 24 & 25): This spring's "8 Tales" series opens with Sean Astin and his comrades playing pirate in The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985), (over) produced by Steven Spielberg. $7 midnight.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Life's out of balance but the Philip Glass music isn't in the city symphony Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982). "Starts at dusk."

STARTS MONDAY: Young Che and friend drive, witness, and compose The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles Jr., Brazil, 2003). "Starts at dusk."


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005) Wed 7 p.m.; Thurs 9:10 p.m. Kirk Douglas stars in Illusion (Michael A. Goorjian, 2005) Wed 9:10 p.m.; Thurs 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Stoned (Stephen Wooley, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (March 24): Michael Fox hosts the "CinemaLit" spring season. A musical series screens Carlos Saura's flamenco Carmen (Spain, 1983) 6:30 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany, 2004) 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and for venue; 865-1588 and for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, here this week. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $10 for SFIAAFF programs. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens Yasujiro Ozu's late masterwork and last film, An Autumn Afternoon (1962) 3 p.m. The 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival continues here with Dreaming Lhasa (Sarin and Sonam, India/U.K.) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Real Live — Bodies," film and video from UCB students, includes Examples of Boundaries and Penetration (Offer Egozy) and Extreme Chick Regime (Bronwyn Burke and Whitney Hartwell) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF presents a weekend of "Heroic Grace,"; classic Chinese martial arts films. Tonight, Clans of Intrigue (Chu Yuan, Hong Kong, 1977), a "baroque martial arts saga" with bent genders 7 p.m. King Boxer (Chung Chang-wha, H.K., 1972), the first kung fu film widely screened in the West (as Five Fingers of Death) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFIAAFF — Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien's tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, Café Lumiere (Japan/Taiwan, 2004) 4:45 p.m. "Heroic Grace"The Boxer From Shantung (Zhang Che and Bao Xueli, H.K., 1972), set in 1936 Shanghai, made a star of Chen Guantai 7 p.m. Quentin Tarantino favorite Gordon Liu stars in Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung, H.K., 1979) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Two documentaries by Pierre Perrault look at life along Quebec's St. Lawrence River, The Times That Are (1966; 3 p.m.) and The River Schooners (1968; 5:20 p.m.).

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and for venue; 865-1588 and for information, (800) 225-2277 for tickets, for the closing-night event of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.

THURSDAY (March 23): The SFIAAFF screens Journey From the Fall (Ham Tran, Thailand/U.S., 2005) at 7 p.m., followed by the "Closing Night Gala Awards Presentation" 9:30 p.m. $35.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. 21 and older only. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.

THURSDAY (March 23): The Onion AV Club hosts a satirical takeoff on the end of the world, Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, U.K., 1964), appropriately for The Onion as this film is topical satire's gold standard 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (March 28): A "Local Filmmakers Showcase" screening of Boys of Summer (Robert Cochrane, 2006), about the travels of a father (who has Parkinson's) and his filmmaking son to each of Major League Baseball's 30 ballparks. All proceeds split between the National Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: In Good Conscience: Sister Jeanine Gramick's Journey of Faith (Barbara Rick and Albert Maysles, 2005) looks at a nun reaching out to the gay community. Rick and Gramick in person 7 p.m. Also, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2004) 6:30, 9 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2005) 9:20 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Richard Attenborough's anti-war musical hall Oh! What a Lovely War (U.K., 1967). Call for other films and times.

SATURDAY: "An Evening With Ann Brebner" offers a conversation with the veteran Bay Area casting director, discussing the many local filmmakers with whom she's worked 7:30 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cillian Murphy, the annoying Scarecrow in the most recent Batman, who's also the crazed seatmate in Red Eye, undergoes another transformation in time for Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, U.K., 2005) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Naomi Watts juggles while the big ape nuzzles in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong (2005) Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 5:35, 9:05 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Steven Spielberg finds room for the WTC and his usual family melodrama in his revengeful dish served cold, Munich (2005) 8:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5:15 p.m.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 28-30): Hindi mystics, Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this reconstituted affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sorry, Haters (Jeff Stanzler, 2006) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. CSA: The Confederate States of America (Kevin Willmott, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Same Sex America (Henry Corra, 2006). See Opening for review 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films.

TUESDAY: Noise Pop presents The Fearless Freaks (Bradley Beesley), the "wondrous tale" of the Flaming Lips. Lip leader Wayne Coyne in person. $10 7:30 p.m.


Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): "Early Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915" 2 p.m. An interactive presentation, Making Sense of Modern Art: Magritte and Surrealism 3:30 p.m. American Masters: Alexander Calder (Roger Sherman, 1998) 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7:30 p.m.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (March 23): An "Escape to Alcatraz" series screens Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage taking on The Rock (Michael Bay, 1996) noon.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38. Closed Monday through Thursday.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (March 24-26): Fred Astaire waltzes Ginger Rogers in Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:55 p.m.) while William Powell and Myrna Loy waltz through the last of the Thin Man series, Song of the Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1947; 5:50, 9:25 p.m.).


2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, for venue; for this program. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $9.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Spike & Mike's 2006 edition of their Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation takes up residence here through April 29 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

THURSDAY (March 23): The Human Rights Watch Festival screens Living Rights (Duco Tellegen, 2004), profiles of three endangered children on three continents 7 p.m. The unfortunately titled Seoul Train (Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky, and Lisa Sleeth, 2004) looks at the underground railroad ferrying refugees from North Korea. Sleeth in person 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 26): San Francisco Cinematheque screens James Benning's Utopia (1998), which matches long shots of landscapes with the soundtrack to Richard Dindo's film about the last days of Che Guevara 7:30 p.m.


This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its series of 16mm rarities at 8 p.m. in an undisclosed location (say hello to Dick Cheney!). March 23Õs film is Berlin Correspondent (Eugene Forde, 1942), with Dana Andrews entangled with femme fatale Mona Maris. For more info, see; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, e-mail

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